I want to introduce you to my new friend Jeanie. She owns The online shop www.etsy.com/shop/jeaniebeanhandknits. It's full of super cute hats, scarves, bags, tablet cases, etc. - all hand knit by Jeanie! Let's find out more about her!
1. Besides Etsy, what do you like to do? Do you have a job you love? A subject you are studying?
Jeanie: I am an early childhood special ed teacher. I am also working on an endorsement to teach ELLS. I'll be done in May after 2 years. And I knit at night and on the weekends.
2. What do you like to do during your down time?
Jeanie: When the weather is nice, I like gardening, love to visit Chicago for the music, street festivals, restaurants, and shopping. I love movies and "bad" TV like The Bachelor and Ghost Hunters.
3. Do you like to travel? Where are your favorite places to visit or your dream vacation?
Jeanie: I love to travel and would love to visit Europe. I've been three different times, but would love to go back to Ireland and visit Italy as well. I also love tropical areas and would love to visit the West Indies or Thailand.
Regarding your business:
1. What inspires you to create what you do?
Jeanie: I love color and texture. I'm a bit of a yarn and button hoarder, so sometimes just putting the two together inspires me to make something. I have more ideas than I can actually sit down to create!
2. Do you have any business background?
Jeanie: The only business background I have is by association with my husband's business. I am too busy to take on another task, so he has other people handle the paperwork. So, the short answer is that I'm learning as I go. I'd like to take a business course or two over the Summer.
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Jeanie: I have no idea what I'll be doing in five years. I'll probably still be teaching, but I'd love to own a brick and mortar store - a coffee shop/boutique, a place where people can hang out, read, catch up with friends, and of course, knit!!!!
It was really fun to get to know her! I don't know about you, but if she ever opens up her brick and mortar store, it sounds like it would be a great place to visit! In the meantime, you can visit her online shop. Here are some of my favorite items:
Fun, beautiful colors! If you like what you see, stop by her shop: